Clan Ranald - Martin Tourish and Friends

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Martin Tourish

Hey. This gig is part of the Temple Bar Trad Festival and will take place upstairs in the Project arts centre. The gig, contrary to what’s advertised, will be Martin Tourish and friends Antoin Bracken on the Bouzouki and Tricia Clarke on Fiddle.

The music to be played will include a mixture of old Donegal music, and new compositions based on now extinct forms found in an 1897 collection of Donegal fiddle music collected by an ancestor of mine: James Tourish. This includes an example of a bi-meterical tune and also a through-composed jig amongst other styles.

The gig will also showcase a new method of arrangement in which a variety of regional styles are used to achieve contrast in the set as opposed to the more typical instrumental drop-in’s and outs. And for anyone who knows me; there WILL be slower pieces also!!! 🙂

For more info check out: http://www.templebartrad.com/home.php?nav=2&c=55&d=25

Many Thanks and looking forward to maybe seeing some of you there!

Martin Tourish.

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Hey. This gig is part of the Temple Bar Trad Festival and will take place upstairs in the Project arts centre. The gig, contrary to what’s advertised, will be Martin Tourish and friends Antoin Bracken on the Bouzouki and Tricia Clarke on Fiddle.

The music to be played will include a mixture of old Donegal music, and new compositions based on now extinct forms found in an 1897 collection of Donegal fiddle music collected by an ancestor of mine: James Tourish. This includes an example of a bi-metrical tune and also a through-composed jig amongst other styles.

The gig will also showcase a new method of arrangement in which a variety of regional styles are used to achieve contrast in the set as opposed to the more typical instrumental drop-in’s and outs. And for anyone who knows me; there WILL be slower pieces also!!! 🙂

For more info check out: http://www.templebartrad.com/home.php?nav=2&c=55&d=25

Many Thanks and looking forward to maybe seeing some of you there!

Martin Tourish.

p.s. sorry if i’m hijacking the mustard board for the wrong reasons! In my defence, you can always discuss how it went after Friday here!!!! 🙂

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What is a bi-metrical tune? And a through-composed jig?

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the bi metrical tune is a form i’ve come across in the James Tourish collection in which there are 6 examples. What defines it is that the A part will for example in a simple meter whilst the B part will be in a compound meter. They were found at the end of Quadrille and Lancer sets and played in North-East Donegal between 1897 and 1920 at least as those are the earliest and latest dates found on the manuscripts.

A through-composed jig then is one which has a continuous feel to it so it wont be your typical 8 bar parts. it’ll seem like one big part of maybe 64 bars in length and in the style of the known examples would also include some mild chromaticism and transitory modulations which is typical of many jigs and barndances from the 1900’s period.

Sharron Shannon sometimes features them in her playing as in the burst mattress set http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvK5WFUNT1c - although there are clearly defined parts here you can see how the phrasing and bar length of the parts is not equal as one might expect from trad music normally…


Welcome to the fascinating world of pre gaelic league Trad music!!

Martin.

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I believe Trish is one of those superior Clarks who doesn’t have an ‘e’ on the end of their name… ;)

Bi-metrical tune - tune in two different metres (time signatures)

Through-composed - basically means it’s continuous/non-repetitive, as opposed to AABBAABB etc.

Come along, there’ll probably be a party afterwards,
Trish Clark (without an e!)

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Dammit Tourish you were typing at the same time as I was, how rude.

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To be fair to the Gaelic League, haven’t they been around longer than these tunes?! Sounds intriguing though.

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i’ll try and make it

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iwas thought a john doherty version of langstroms pony, with just two parts, the second part being in 9/8, is that bi-metrical??

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yeah, I suppose you could regard Dohertys version of langstroms pony as bi meterical.. Doherty had another one too which went from jig to waltz time also i think… also there are examples of tunes from that period with a bar of a jig in 9/8 or extra bars in reels… all very interesting stuff.

You see, when the Gaelic League came along after the foundation of the Irish state and they started to get rid of what was not deemed to be authentically Irish so as a result, I think that we lost alot of musical richness. Just compare the variety found in one of John Dohertys recordings as opposed to what one might find now. True, the forms weren’t always Irish but then again, the reel is traced back to the french “Haye” so where does one draw the line?

Oh, and sorry about the mis spelled surname Miss C!

Martin.

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